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El 2 - Chief Psychology Officer

Australian Government Department of Defence - Canberra, ACT

HR & Recruitment
Source: uWorkin


Full Job Description
$120,744 - $144,929 (plus Super)
Fairbairn - ACT

The Role
Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) is seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and skilled clinical psychologist or psychologist to exercise delegated authority in accordance with Defence policy and to lead the DFR psychology service at the national level. Within HQDFR the Chief Psychology Officer (CPO) is responsive to Director General DFR.

The Chief Psychology Officer leads a small team within the Recruiting Health Services (RHS) Directorate of Defence Force Recruiting Headquarters, developing and implementing selection systems (policy, procedures and standards) relevant to occupational psychology for critical and complex Australian Defence Force (ADF) roles. The CPO also provides advice to the Director-General Defence Force Recruiting (DGDFR), single-service personnel agencies and occupational ‘sponsors’ regarding psychological factors in Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel selection.

The position is responsible for:
Providing quality assurance and oversight of the professional work undertaken by DFR’s contracted psychology service providers;
Preparing appropriate responses to complex and sensitive complaints and appeals from unsuccessful applicants;
Conducting professional / forensic reviews of psychology assessment documentation to ensure the work, and the record of that work, satisfy both Defence policy and contemporary standards;
Overseeing the development and maintenance of project documentation (e.g. project plan, milestones, budget, etc.), to ensure appropriate governance is maintained throughout.

About our Team
Defence Force Recruiting is a public-private collaboration between Defence and a recruiting company and provides recruiting services to the Australian Defence Force in accordance with standards and policies set by the Navy, Army and Air Force. Recruiting services are delivered using a mix of military, APS and contractor staff operating in a high energy, multi-vendor environment which is responsible for directly delivering capability to the Australian Defence Force.

DFR is responsible for recruiting for the Australian Defence Force the right people in the right numbers at the right time in order to build and sustain Defence’s capability. DFR is comprised of a national headquarters in Canberra (HQDFR) and 16 Defence Force Recruiting Centres (DFRCs) across Australia.

The Recruiting Health Services team, comprising of psychologists, medical officers, military personnel and administration staff, contribute to a number of exciting projects within the scope of personnel selection and military employment. The DFR health service ensures that only people who are medically and psychologically suitable are selected for Defence service.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will need to demonstrate the following:
A high level of knowledge, sound professional judgement, and relevant work experience in the broad area of clinical and organisational psychology; including:

Personnel selection and classification;
Psychological testing and assessment; and
Practice ethics.

The ideal candidate will also have;

A Demonstrated ability to interpret and implement policy and procedures governing the provision of professional psychology services within a military organisation.
Very strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to form effective working relations with military, public service and private sector personnel.
Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with senior management (both military and civilian) and contracted psychology service providers in a consultancy role.
A High level of motivation and initiative, and the demonstrated ability to organise work priorities and meet deadline;
Knowledge and experience in research methods and statistics, including the capacity to utilise computer-based word processing and statistical programs.

Competitive applicants for the CPO role will have an understanding of the Defence operating environment and occupational psychology principles together with a track record of success in leading effective teams, communicating with influence across a range of stakeholders, shaping strategic thinking and delivering time constrained results.